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Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in December 2017

Points and Miles Check List, Laptop, notepad

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these monthly points and miles checklists. Since the year is almost up, I thought I’d focus on tasks that need to be completed before January 2018. I’m also including things that… Continue Reading

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GiftCards.com Will Impose a $30,000 Monthly Purchase Limit Starting December 1

Manufactured spending by mail

If you’re purchasing large amounts of gift cards online, you’re not going to like this: Starting December 1, Giftcards.com, Giftcard Mall, and Cardpool will all be imposing a $30,000 monthly limit on cash back portal payouts. That’s bad news, considering in… Continue Reading

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Managing Budgets While Manufacturing Spend

Purse full of Visa gift cards

One of the biggest challenges when you’re manufacturing large amounts of spend is trying to keep your personal budget on track. Sure, it’s possible to off-set most manufactured spending fees, but when you’re trying to normalize spending patterns by channeling… Continue Reading

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Is It Worth Paying a Fee to Earn Miles With Plastiq?

Plastiq Earn Miles on Rent and Mortgage Payments

A few weeks ago, a Twitter follower asked me about whether it makes sense to pay a 2.7% fee in order to earn miles on rent payments through Plastiq. After all, considering there are ways to generate free manufactured spending,… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: A New Reality

Money orders manufactured spending

It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly manufactured spending wrap-up post, so I thought I’d share one now that my new MS routine is pretty much set. In October, I managed to liquidate about $20,000 worth of Visa… Continue Reading

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Post Office Stops Accepting Gift Cards for Money Orders: Now What?

Multiple Walmart Money Orders for Manufactured Spending

Last week, Miles Per Day shared a US Post Office memo, directing staff to stop accepting Visa gift cards for money order purchases. A few readers have reached out to me since, slightly panicked about this latest dead deal. But…is… Continue Reading

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The Secret to My Manufactured Spending Success

Mean Girls Those Rules Aren't Real

This past weekend I was in Elk Grove Village for the annual Chicago Seminars. I met a lot of readers, bloggers, and newbies who asked me about manufactured spending. The questions that came up the most were, “What is the… Continue Reading